The Importance of Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign

Today, March 5th, Senator Warren ended her Presidential bid leaving us with: (h/t Ezra Klein)

  • A 73-year-old conspiracy theorist
  • A 77-year-old scatter-brain
  • A 78-year-old recovering from a heart attack
  • …and Tulsi Gabbard, I guess?

Once the front runner in the Democratic race, Senator Warren had a plan for everything – 80 to be exact. 80 plans on her website with promises to make the country a safer, more equitable place for all. Everything from how to improve health care coverage, implement a wealth tax, invest in rural America, and fight climate change, among many, many detailed and important proposals. In comparison, Vice President Biden lists 19 plans, Senator Sanders, 35, President Trump, 0, (only listing “accomplishments” during the term).

Don’t mistake activity for achievement. The sheer number of plans does not equate to guaranteed success or quality of ideas. But it says something about preparedness and being in tune with the desires and concerns of families today. Her detailed policy proposals added a new dimension to the race and brought realistic progressive ideas into the national conversation. Is a wealth tax likely to be passed? No. But shouldn’t we be talking about the impacts of growing inequality? Absolutely.

While 59 other countries have welcomed female heads of state, America waits. Senator Warren said this morning, “One of the hardest parts of this is all those pinky promises and all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years.” Fortunately, Senator Warren isn’t going away anytime soon and will continue to lead the charge as women like Susan Rice, Kamala Harris, Letitia James, Terri Sewell, and Stacey Abrams all appear to be strong VP candidates.

But how can we expect a female president when the ERA can’t even be ratified? Despite being passed in 1972, Virginia became the 38th state to push the ERA into the required three-fourths threshold earlier this year.

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

This sentence is apparently too controversial for Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah. There’s a lot of work left to do

As Biden and Bernie fight it out for the nomination, take a plan, or two, or 80 and present to the country a progressive agenda that is palatable, provides meaningful change, and ushers in a New Deal for the 21st Century. This race and the Democratic platform is stronger and more able to beat Trump in November, thanks, in part, to Senator Warren’s campaign. LFG.